Plans are also in place to create a dedicated cycling studio, a new and improved soft play experience and an extended cafe offer while a re-designed modern and welcoming reception area will improve the customer experience. This work is due to be completed by next summer.
Leader of Northumberland County Council, Peter Jackson said:
“The community of Blyth has been in need of new and improved leisure facilities for many years and we know it has been a real concern for local residents.
“This exciting project will see the centre transformed with some of the very best services and equipment and is just part of the county council’s huge commitment to the town.”
Northumberland County Councillor, Cath Homer cabinet member with responsibility for leisure said:
“At the beginning of the year the refurbished swimming pool hall and modernised changing areas, which formed the first part of our improvement works, were widely welcomed by local residents.
“It’s great news that we are now able to push ahead with the next phase of planned improvements, and we’ll soon be well on our way to bringing some more fantastic new facilities to the local community.”
The first phase of the investment programme was completed in February. It included essential improvement and maintenance work and the refurbishment of the pool hall. The spectator area was given a new lease of life with new flooring and seating, and the changing rooms were modernised and new windows and lighting was installed.
Mark Warnes, Acting Chief Executive of Active Northumberland, the charitable trust that runs leisure services across the county on behalf of Northumberland County Council said:
“The revitalisation and refurbishment work that is ongoing at Blyth Sports Centre will give it a fresh modern feel and make it a great place to serve the people of Blyth and surrounding areas for many years to come.”
The funding for the centre has been financed by Northumberland County Council as part of an ambitious £65 million countywide investment programme to upgrade and transform sport and leisure facilities and to enhance the customer experience.
This includes the building of new leisure centres in Berwick, Morpeth and Ponteland and major investment to refurbish and revitalise centres in Blyth and Hexham.